Threats of resignation, controversial pardons, libs wanting the elite to have more power in choosing presidents – we’ve got a full menu for you on Wednesday’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Attorney General Bill Barr’s latest plea for President Trump to stop making his job so difficult. They also bang their heads against the table as Trump commutes the sentence of a thoroughly unrepentant Rod Blagojevich. And they hammer away at a Washington Post opinion piece arguing that the Democratic primary process is not working well so the proper answer is to give more power to elites to reach a consensus on a nominee.
President Trump finds himself in the center of more controversy this week, this time for weighing in on the sentencing of former political confidant Roger Stone.
Last year, Stone was convicted on charges of obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering as part of the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 campaign.
Earlier this week, prosecutors recommended Stone be sentenced seven to nine years in prison. President Trump blasted the recommendation on Twitter as too harsh and as a “miscarriage of justice.” Tuesday, the Justice Department announced it was withdrawing that sentencing recommendation and urging a shorter prison term of 37-46 months. DOJ sources also contend prosecutors misled department officials on the recommendation. Trump subsequently thanked Attorney General Bill Barr for taking action.
Critics of Trump and Barr contend this is evidence of the erosion of the rule of law and that Barr is simply doing Trump’s bidding. All four prosecutors on the case subsequently resigned in protest.
So why was the original recommendation seven to nine years? Was there a sound legal basis for it or was it excessive? Was Trump way out of line to intervene in the case or is that his right as head of the executive branch? And why did the prosecutors resign?
We discuss all of this and more with former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Andrew C. McCarthy, who is now a contributing editor at National Review Online and a Fox News Channel contributor.
The U.S. Senate acquitted President Trump of allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress Wednesday. But what is the aftermath?
Critics of the president contend the Senate did not allow for a fair trial with witnesses and documents. Supporters of the president say Democrats used the Constitution to abuse it. So how did the Constitution hold up to the actions of the House and Senate?
Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy explains where he thinks the process was abused and where it functioned as designed. He also offers a passionate rebuttal to the arguments for conviction offered by Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney and tells us why no Democrats voted to acquit on the obstruction charge.
Finally, McCarthy tells Radio America’s Greg Corombos why this verdict does not end investigations into the Trump administration and how many different ways Democrats plan to target him in the months leading up to Election Day.
Another wild day in a very busy week! So grab a stool and join Jim and Greg as they break down the latest headlines. First, they get a kick out of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately following up the impeachment trial by filing cloture on five more judicial nominees. They also feel like wretching as mainstream media figures who savaged Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign suddenly extol him as a man of faith and principle because he voted the way they wanted him to. But they also spend time highlighting figures on the right who were way over the top in their condemnation of Romney. And they try to make sense out of the latest scraps of conflicting information coming from Democrats in Iowa while also looking ahead to New Hampshire.
With impeachment, the Iowa Caucuses, the State of the Union, and a Democratic debate on tap this week, grab a stool and join us for the fun. Today, Jim and Greg quickly sum up the Super Bowl and then dive into three crazy martinis. First, with closing arguments coming today in the impeachment trail of President Trump, they groan as reports emerge that House Democrats may be poised to pursue another impeachment effort this year depending upon what type of testimony they might get from John Bolton. They also point out that Andrew Yang might have the best political instincts in the Democratic presidential field after admitting he’d seriously consider pardoning Trump if that were ever an issue. And they have fun with reports that former Secretary of State John Kerry was overheard discussing what it would take for him to mount a serious candidacy at this point.